In a previous post, we looked at how to be incognito in the real world. Today, let’s dive deeper into the subject… and how to look fabulous while doing it!
When you’re out and about, the most difficult thing to evade is CCTV cameras, especially if they connect to facial recognition systems. In some countries, mass facial recognition systems have already become a reality, while others are still battling with technological and legal hurdles.
In cold times, we can wrap a scarf around our necks, pull the hood deep over our face, or even wear ski goggle to disguise our faces. But what about summer?
Luckily, fashion has the answers:
1. Anti-paparazzi scarves
Anti-paparazzi scarves make it impossible for anybody to snap a good picture of you in the dark. Parts of the scarf are made of reflective materials that confuse any photo or video camera—and they don’t even look so bad!
What’s more, you can get the material onto pretty much any piece of clothing, including your suit, hat, t-shirt, or even necklace.
2. Face masks
Whether it’s a good idea to wear a facemask to evade facial recognition depends on how acceptable the accessory is in your town. In many places around the world, pollution has made it common for people to wear masks, and this is obviously great for privacy.
If you are the only one wearing a mask, however, you are simply ‘the one with the mask’ and stand out even more.
3. Temporary face paintings
You can easily fool Facial recognition technology.
Just apply some unusual markers or temporary tattoos on your head, and you’ll stay undetected to machines. This technique is pretty simple, but it also makes a statement. Few will likely join in your little protest, meaning you’ll stand out, and you’ll be fairly easy to recognize by human watchers.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t look super stylish!
4. More patterns everywhere
Computers are easily be distracted by anything that looks like a face.
You can use this to your advantage by using patterns that imitate the simple structure of a human face. All you have to do is print the face patterns on your coat or shirts. Whether this method confuses recognition algorithms enough, though, should probably be tested before you use it to hide from any draconian authority.
5. Anti-CCTV glasses
To aid night vision, CCTV cameras have LED lights that emit infrared light invisible to the human eye. The anti-CCTV Reflectacles simply reflect this light back to the camera, making the cameras blind themselves. Stupid CCTV cameras.
Education is the best defense
When deployed by themselves, these privacy gimmicks will do little to hide your whereabouts in public spaces. You can still be tracked by the humans behind the cameras and the mobile phone in your pocket, for example.
However, they will show your friends and those around you that you care about privacy issues, and maybe even get one or two to think more about the issue. That can’t be a bad thing.
On suggestion 5, regarding the light used used at night by CCTV cameras, shouldn’t it read infra-red as opposed to ultra-violet?
You’re right! Thank you for the comment, we fixed the article!
Why do people put up with all this damned surveillance!!?? It really pains me when i think about it. Being that I was around when the miners strikes were in full swing, I saw the damage done to my country. Sometimes I pray for the ‘old lads’ to return, to kick this ‘big brother crap’ in the arse! The future looks bleak from my viewpoint, I see more and more surveillance to the point that everyone will have cameras inside their homes all linked to a central mainframe, no doubt belonging to the government or some agency attached to them. We are living in treacherous times indeed, I wish the young people all the luck in the world, for I see a very dark agenda coming and it isn’t for the good of mankind I can tell you that!
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